Kim Havell

The Top 10 Fitness Tips for Mountain Athletes

With a roster of students that ranges from freeskiing world champions to Navy SEALs, Shaul's brand of focused fitness has helped professional athletes from across the spectrum of mountain sports.

Find the Right Gear

Good mountaineering schools have the newest and best equipment for rental.

Build Up Your Endurance

Since you're trying something new—skinning or climbing with crampons and an ice axe—you'll need to be in great shape to handle exercise at high altitude.

Practice in the Spring

Experience develops intuition, and intuition leads you to good, safe skiing.

Learn to Climb Technical Terrain

Some knowledge and comfort with ice climbing will make a big difference, building a feeling and love for your tools like crampons and an ice axe.